One of the world’s largest comic book and pop art festivals happened this weekend in Toronto.
Comic Con featured a collection of products and celebrities celebrating popular culture.
Along with rare merchandise and comic-book collectibles, the event featured a makeshift ring with axes, swords, shields and a warrior waiting do battle with members of the public.
“We bring the commoners into the ring. We get them to have the taste of battle, feel what it is to be in the heat of it all,” said referee Hagar the Iron Fist.
But warrior Edmond Loyd showed compassion.
“I do pity them,” Loyd said. “They’re humans. They don’t deserve this kind of death. If they were undead I might be more happy to take them down.”
Perhaps most impressive was the detailed costumes.
“All the belt gizmos, the proton packs, made basically out of separate parts that we scratch build,” said one man dressed up with his friend as the Ghostbusters. “We’ve done stuff as far as parades, MS walks, food drives. We are working on doing hospital visits for kids.”
Comic Con ran from April 14-15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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